NCAA Men’s Basketball: Florida State Seminoles vs Louisville Cardinals- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/18/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward J.J. Traynor (12) attempts to control the ball around Miami Hurricanes forward Deng Gak (22), guard Elijah Olaniyi (4) and forward Matt Cross (33) during the first half at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Men’s Basketball action will see the ranked Louisville Cardinals take on the dangerous Florida State Seminoles. Both teams have high hopes for their performances in the ACC this season and are matched up better than what their rankings would indicate.

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The Cardinals are coming off a shock loss to the Miami Hurricanes. They were on a strong five-game win streak prior to that, taking down teams like the Kentucky Wildcats, the Virginia Tech Hokies, and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. They are 9-2 this season.

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The Seminoles are 7-2 this season and have had some good moments. In their last two games, they have scored over 185 points. The team is rolling and are well-built to take this win away from the more-fancied Cardinals.

But will they actually pull off this win? Or will the Cardinals pick up their 10th win of the season?

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The Cardinals shot 15% from three in their last game against the Hurricanes. NBA or NCAA, that sort of a shooting clip will doom you to a loss.

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Even the best teams have these shooting slumps occasionally. However, can they afford to struggle shooting against a team like Florida State?

Jan 16, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Louisville Cardinals center Samuell Williamson (10) attempts a three point shot over Miami Hurricanes forward Anthony Walker (1) during the first half at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This game is strength vs strength. Lousiville prides itself on their defense while Florida State are electric in scoring the ball. But can the Cardinals hold off the Seminoles enough to get their mediocre offense to put up buckets for this win?

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The Cardinals will line up with Carlik Jones, David Johnson, Samuell Williamson, Dre Davis, and Jae’Lyn Withers. Meanwhile, the Seminoles will take the floor with Anthony Polite, MJ Walker, Scottie Barnes, RaiQuan Gray, and Balsa Koprivica.

For our prediction, we have to go with the Seminoles. Even though the Cardinals are favored to win the game, the offensive weapons that Florida State has may just lead to them out-shooting the streaky Cardinals for a big win.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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